My Google Page Rank

Cough, fast breaths, are early signs of pneumonia, says expert?

PDFPrintE-mail

Cough and fast breaths or 50 or more breaths per minute are the early signs that a child has a pneumonia, according to a health expert.
"If you count 50 breaths per minute to a child below one year and 40 for child more than one year of age that is fast breathing and having a cough is one way to recognize that a child has a pneumonia," Dr. Lulu Bravo, a notable pediatrician told journalist on Friday at the Crowne Plaza, Pasig City.

Other signs of severe form of pneumonia (usually combination of virus and bacteria which are deadly already) is when a child starts having difficulty of breathing, which at times mistaken as asthma, Bravo said.

For infants younger than 1 month of age, pneumonia symptoms may include having little or no energy (lethargy), feeding poorly, grunting, or having a fever.

"From the onset of severe pneumonia the average death in children is actualy five days and they could die within 24 to 48 hours," Bravo said.

Accordingly, pneumococcus bacterium is spread from one child to another via coughing or sneezing, after which it invades the nose and throat. Crowded places such as malls and daycare centers are especially high-risk places for contracting the disease.

Bravo advised parent to have her child stay away from people who have colds, flu, or other respiratory tract infections.

Washing of hands as often helps prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria that may cause pneumonia, she said.

Bravo said the best way to deal with it is really giving of vaccinations among children, which are already available in the market. The so-called pneumoccocal conjugate vaccine (PCV) manufactured by Pfizer could also be given to infants as young as 6 weeks.

Accordingly, the pneumococcal vaccine may not prevent pneumonia. But it can prevent some of the serious complications of pneumonia, such as infection in the bloodstream (bacteremia) or throughout the body (septicemia), in younger adults and those older than age 55 who have a healthy immune system.

Other vaccines can prevent common diseases that sometimes lead to pneumonia, includes measles, flu, chickenpox.

Likewise, Bravo encouraged parents to have their children avail of the routine immunization schedule, usually given at the barangay health centers as against preventable diseases before the child's first birthday.

Bravo said at least 37 children in the Philippines under five years of age die everyday of pneumonia or about 9,000 children die due to pneumonia every year.

"Pneumonia is number one killer in children less than 5 and it is number 2 overall for all causes of deaths in the Philippines,"Bravo said, noting cardiovascular diseases as number one.

Also vulnerable to pneumonia are older people or those people 50 and above especially smokers, Bravo said, noting the need to also have vaccines.

By PNA/PIA9-ZBST




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

THANK GOD! It’s FRIDAY!

16 Nov 2018 Hits:51 Be the first to comment!

For the Tetuan Parish, that very common expression means literally just that, for on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 7 in the evening at the Centro Pastoral, the concert UN NOCHE DE OFRECIMIENTO, will wow its audience. The four-part concert aims to raise the roof with the rarely seen Broadway caliber talents of our singing and dancing priests. The first segment is the Filipiniana where the musical score is proudly Original Filipino Music of Ryan Cayabyab and regional favorites in Chavacano, Visayan and Tagalog. It is followed by religious renditions in part two like: Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven, What A Friend and Amazing Grace. The 3rd part is, of course, Broadway with mega hits like Tonight from the West Side Story, Bridge [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

Man stabbed in Rio Hondo

16 Nov 2018 Hits:71 Be the first to comment!

A bakery worker was stabbed and wounded by his co-worker in Sitio Hongkong, Barangay Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City on Wednesday night. Police Officer 3 Had-Anuar Edding, investigator-on-case, of Police Station 11 [...] Read more


Three nabbed for illegal drugs

16 Nov 2018 Hits:89 Be the first to comment!

Three persons were arrested when operatives of Police Station 9 seized from them 13 sachets of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation at Barangay Recodo, Zamboanga City on Thursday dawn. Arrested [...] Read more


DOH 9 conducts training on GI, community-based treatment for PWUDs

15 Nov 2018 Hits:113 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Health Region IX (DOH 9) conducted the Training on General Intervention (GI) and Community-based Treatment Care Services for Person Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) from November 13-15, 2018. With [...] Read more


DENR-EMB 9 conducts SWM plan finalization of ZamPen LGUs

14 Nov 2018 Hits:135 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Region IX is conducting a 10-year Solid Waste Management (SWM) plan update and finalization of 33 local government units (LGUs) [...] Read more


Man accused of child abuse, arrested

13 Nov 2018 Hits:176 Be the first to comment!

Two teenagers filed a complaint for child abuse against a 55-year-old man at Police Station 7 last Sunday. Ellyn, married, a resident of Barangay Pasonanca, Zamboanga City, averred to the police [...] Read more


Brgy Chair nabs pedicab driver carrying shabu

13 Nov 2018 Hits:122 Be the first to comment!

A delivery boy was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by elements of Police Station 4 led by Chief Insp. Hazel Fernandez at Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City  on Sunday. Police identified [...] Read more


Navforwem honors fleet-marine troops for rescue of KV Duterte

13 Nov 2018 Hits:193 Be the first to comment!

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem) has honored sailors, marines, Fleet-Marine personnel and navies for the successful rescue of kidnapped victim (KV) Jose Duterte and exceptional feats in the accomplishment [...] Read more


Police searching for armed man for mauling

12 Nov 2018 Hits:132 Be the first to comment!

A resident of Barangay Mampang, Zamboanga City, is now being hunted by personnel of Police Station 6 for mauling and totting his gun at another person on Sunday. Police report shows [...] Read more


Team Climaco condemns misinformation, fake news

09 Nov 2018 Hits:342 Be the first to comment!

Members of the Team Climaco have strongly criticized and condemned misinformation drive allegedly hatched by their political foes and propagandists, who are desperate to destroy the many and outstanding accomplishments [...] Read more


Man hacked by father-in-law

09 Nov 2018 Hits:146 Be the first to comment!

A man was hacked and wounded by his father-in-law at Sibiktol Drive, Barangay Arena Blanco, Zamboanga City, on Wednesday. The victim was identified as Jarrin Jalmaani y Gadong, married and a [...] Read more


More Filipinos to be engaged in HIV-AIDS awareness drive

08 Nov 2018 Hits:190 Be the first to comment!

The right information on HIV-AIDS will curb the spread of this disease. But putting information out there isn’t enough, a senior government official believes. There has to be constant engagement [...] Read more


CHO: Fear of Dengvaxia prevents children from getting vaccines

07 Nov 2018 Hits:256 Be the first to comment!

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin reported that the fear of Dengvaxia vaccine has prevented children from getting other types of vaccines during City Hall's weekly press conference on [...] Read more


Army officer, 3 soldiers injured in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

07 Nov 2018 Hits:301 Be the first to comment!

An Army officer and three more soldiers were wounded in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu province on Monday afternoon. Lt. Col. Gerry Besana,  spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command [...] Read more


Beng distributes relief goods to Triplet fire victims

18 Oct 2018 Hits:253 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco on Wednesday afternoon spearheaded the distribution of relief goods to families displaced by the early dawn fire in Lemon Drive, Triplet, Barangay Canelar. Mayor Climaco, assisted by personnel [...] Read more


DTI reports slight hike in prices of basic goods

18 Oct 2018 Hits:231 Be the first to comment!

Following its continuing monitoring of prices of all consumable goods in the local markets, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reported a slight increase in the prices of [...] Read more


OCENR preps SWM in barangays, basura run

18 Oct 2018 Hits:210 Be the first to comment!

The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) is working to strengthen the capacities of local barangays in line with sanitation, particularly solid waste management. Public Services Officer IV [...] Read more


Mayor Beng files candidacy, vows to continue pro-poor programs

17 Oct 2018 Hits:272 Be the first to comment!

In an expected sea of supporters to join her today, popular Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco is scheduled to file her certificate of candidacy for re-election this morning at the [...] Read more


Team Colorao to file COC today

17 Oct 2018 Hits:204 Be the first to comment!

The “Team Colorao” alliance will be filing their official Certificates of Candidacy (COC) early morning today, October 17, 2018. The powerhouse four party alliance will be led by party standard bearer, [...] Read more